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Full text of "Alexander von Humboldt"

UF2  OF
\rho wisiied to  circiujiseriLe tLe poorer of the
state, in tie manner of ilie English constitution, and
\rho-, by self-go vern rn en t in the lower spheres. Tvished
to develop the capacity for sharing the responsibilities
of government of the- higher ones, Ancl? finally, there
was Humboldt's party, which advocated the intro-
duction of liberal principles., without exceeding the
bounds of what was for the         possible or expedient
for Prussia. They also wished to circumscribe the
powers of the government, but they                  gua-
rantees for individual liberty, which is often as much
tyrannized over "by the corporate as by the state au-
thority. They recognised the necessity of accustoming
the citizen to take an independent share in political
activity,, and therefore demanded a representative
constitution, by which the interest of the people in
public life would "be best formed and developed.
Between these            of which those on. the one
to                               while those on the
other                   further advancement on the path
which had led to  their liberation  stood the
chancellor^  personally inclined  to favour the  latter
pagrfy., "but wavering*         hesitating^ so as not to ruin
Ms position with, the others.        always ready to
on the one if the other should grow too            - Jbr
him..   In the meantime,, the
felt                            to
Join them.
On tfee 30th                           of state         solemnly
opened,         the               on the   constitution   com-
menced,  wMcttj   however,   did   mot           lead  to   a
decided, result.    The                         of debate.,  the
finances,         treated much   more vigorously.     The
minister of              Count von Billow^ a nephew of
state chanceEoFj                         the project of a
law of taxation  to the king, who submitted it for
irerision to a committee of the council of state* of
which Uiimboldt                       president.    The pro-
however, did. not give satisfaction, and was much
It seemed especially unsuitable to oppress